Its amazing what Hitler could get away with...Power corrupts absolutely!
AND OTHER MANIPULATIONS, GREENS CALL FOR
VIGILANCE IN 2004 AND ELECTION REFORMS
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green leaders and candidates
are calling national attention to apparent
efforts to intimidate African American voters in
Citing reports in a series of columns by Bob
Herbert of The New York Times that Florida state
troopers are interrogating elderly black voters
on vague charges of 'voter fraud', Greens warn of
a repeat of 2000's manipulation and obstruction
of votes. The Florida Department of Law
Enforcement reports to Gov. Jeb Bush.
"The latest attempt to suppress black votes in
Florida recalls not only 2000, but the history of
obstruction and terrorism of African American
voters in southern states," said Michele
Tingling-Clemmons, co-chair of the Green Party's
national Black Caucus and candidate for city
council (Ward 7) in Washington, D.C. "Bush
supporters are preparing a battery of means to
ensure their candidate's reelection, including
misusing homeland security forces to frighten
elderly black voters away from absentee voting.
Other methods include the use of computerized
voting, which can be easily tampered with, as
well as hints that the Bush Administration may
postpone the November election if it decides the
U.S. is under threat of attack, a dastardly
attempt to intimidate Americans away from voting
Greens have called for verifiable paper trails,
auditability, and open software in computer
voting machines to prevent manipulation.
The Green Party has called attention to other
ways in which elections have been engineered:
restrictive and difficult state ballot access
laws enacted by Democrats and Republicans to
block third party and independent candidates;
underhanded efforts by Democrats to banish Greens
and independents (including Ralph Nader) from the
ballot; ownership by the Democratic and
Republican parties of the Commission on
Presidential Debates (labeled partisan in an
August 12 Federal Court decision).
Greens have also called the winner-take-all
apportionment of Electoral College votes in most
states a deliberate distortion of the will of
voters as expressed through the popular vote.
The Green Party's national Black Caucus and the
D.C. Statehood Green Party have called for
allocation of state electors' votes in proportion
to the popular vote. Many Greens have hailed a
state ballot initiative ('Amendment 36') to enact
this reform in Colorado.
"Americans need to be more vigilant in 2004 than
ever before to ensure that our elections are fair
and our votes are counted accurately," said
LaVerne Butler, treasurer of the Black Caucus.
"Unless we demand immediate accountability and
reforms, we'll see our democratic election system
replaced with something that resembles the
elections of Augusto Pinochet, Ferdinand Marcos,
or Saddam Hussein."